Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Science

British Museum uses new technology to look beneath the bandages of ancient Egyptian mummies

LONDON — The fascination with mummies never gets old. Now the British Museum is using new technology to unwrap their ancient mysteries.
Scientists have used CT scans and volume graphics software to go beneath the bandages, revealing skin, bones, internal organs — and in one case a brain-scooping rod left inside a skull by embalmers.

No green thumb? You can still inject life into decor with low-maintenance plants

VICTORIA — Homeowners who are wary of growing plants indoors, especially if they are prone to forgetting to water or travel often, might want to consider a variety of low-maintenance plants that breathe life and design into a room.

Arrival delayed

MOSCOW—A software glitch on a Russian spacecraft heading to the International Space Station has delayed the arrival of three astronauts, including an American.
NASA said the crew was in no danger, and the U.S.-Russia space partnership was strong despite tensions over Ukraine.

Expedition forming to retrace 1,200-mile trek of wandering Oregon wolf OR-7

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Wildlife advocates are preparing to retrace the 1,200-mile (1,930-kilometre) path of a wandering wolf whose trek in 2011 across Oregon and California attracted worldwide attention, hoping their upcoming journey will help build greater acceptance of wolves as they reclaim lost territories across the West.

Great Lakes to get temporary boost from snow and ice, but long-term prospects unclear

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Water levels in the Great Lakes are expected to continue a steady recovery this year, courtesy of widespread ice cover that is slowing evaporation and snowfall that has approached record amounts in some cities, federal experts said Wednesday.

16th-century artillery manual shows illustration of ‘rocket cat’ weaponry

PHILADELPHIA — You’re a 16th century German prince plotting to crush a peasant rebellion, or perhaps you’re leading an army against the Ottoman Empire or looking to settle the score with a rival nobleman. What’s a guy looking for a tactical edge to do?
Bring on the rocket cats!

How deep can a fish go? Scientists say strange fish caught near New Zealand may provide answer

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — They may look like guts stuffed in cellophane, but five fish hauled up from near-record depths off the coast of New Zealand are providing scientists with new insights into how deep fish can survive.

Trove of planets newly-discovered

WASHINGTON—The Earth’s galaxy is looking far more crowded.
NASA has confirmed 715 newly-discovered planets outside our solar system.
Douglas Hudgins, NASA’s exoplanet exploration program scientist, called yesterday’s announcement a major step toward the planet-hunting Kepler telescope’s ultimate goal: “finding Earth 2.0.”

Scientists solve mystery of whales in Chile desert, found in fossilized skeleton graveyard

SANTIAGO, Chile — Scientists investigating a graveyard of marine mammal fossils near Chile’s northern coast say toxins generated by algae blooms most likely poisoned the animals millions of years ago.
The study by a team of Chilean and Smithsonian Institution scientists was published Wednesday in the British journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

NASA announces 715 newly discovered planets; a step toward ‘finding Earth 2.0’

WASHINGTON — The Earth’s galaxy is looking far more crowded. NASA has confirmed 715 newly discovered planets outside the solar system.
Douglas Hudgins, NASA’s exoplanet exploration program scientist, called Wednesday’s announcement a major step toward the planet-hunting Kepler telescope’s ultimate goal: “finding Earth 2.0.”

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